According to Leonard Bishop in Dare to Be a Great Writer, there are two types of major characters:
1. Those that are larger than life, and who increase or diminish in stature through emotional/mental experiences and adventures
2. Those that are "average" and are unexpectedly plunged into serious personal conflict and adventures. Depending upon their natures, they either grow in stature or become less than what they were when they were introduced.
These types seem broad enough that it's hard to disagree with them, though there have been examples of less than average characters, such as Algernon in Flowers for Algernon and Forrest Gump. Unless these are examples of larger than life characters?
So, what type of characters do you write? Why?
As always, any topic that will help us improve our writing is fair game in these discussions, so feel free to bring up any of your writing concerns.
The group No Whine, Just Champagne will meet here at this article for a live discussion about writing and the writing life on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 9:00pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT). Hope to see you, but if you can't make it then, the discussion will continue during the days afterward, so please stop by and tell us what you think.